Success with Determination
Niceundertaker has had his share of weight loss attempts over the years. He’s tried everything from weight loss surgery along with many of the popular diets on the market. Realizing his health was in jeopardy, he joined Calorie Count and finally put an end to Yo-Yo dieting. As he states “If I would eat correctly and watch my calories, I could lose the weight”. He’s successfully proven that statement by losing 123lbs!
He contacted us through our Share Your Story feature and provided the following answers to our questionnaire.
1. What prompted you to begin this weight loss journey? Did you have an "Aha!" moment?
I had been at 308 pounds at one point and, through surgery, lost to 172 pounds. Gaining back up to 282 pounds by 2004 I knew I needed to do something. I also knew my genetic predisposition for heart disease which finally caught up with me in 2006.
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
I've tried everything from stomach stapling, Atkins, Weight Watchers, Cabbage diet to Medi-fast. If it said I could lose weight, I tried it.
3. Please describe how you reached your weight loss goal. What changes did you make to your usual diet, activity, lifestyle, and attitude? Did you implement any other strategies besides Calorie Count? What was the most important change?
In 2004 at 282 pounds, I didn't want to get any bigger and I went on the Atkins Diet. I lost to about 245 pounds on it and maintained it for the next 2 years. In 2006, I had my first round of heart stents and my cardiologist really didn't like this diet. I then started watching my caloric intake. I was able to stay between 240 and 260 pounds for the next 3 years. Getting real tired of the yo-yo, I realized that I could eat this way all of the time. If I would eat correctly and watch my calories, I could lose the weight. It was then I decided never to start a diet again; I would simply eat healthy. I would make a lifestyle choice.
4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight loss.
Since it took me a lifetime to be overweight, I decided that it was not going to be an overnight thing to get to a healthy weight. In October 2009, I weighed 256 and discovered Calorie Count in November. I read the articles everyday and got really good ideas about nutrition. I found some really good food products through the blogs. I also have the App on my phone whenever I am out and wonder about the nutrition and calories of a food item. The success stories have always been inspirational. They really helped me realize this is a life choice and not a diet. Diets just don't work!
5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?
Plateaus are always difficult but again you have to remember that you didn't get there overnight.
6. How long did it take you to see results? When did you realize that you were a success?
I started seeing results right away. It took several months for others to notice a big difference. Now I have people who don't even recognize me.
7. How do you prevent relapse?
I am training my mind that I have made a lifetime choice. This is a choice that will not only make a weight difference but a health difference. After my heart stents, I took several medications for cholesterol, blood pressure and blood thinners. Now I just take an aspirin a day. I went from spending $150.00 a month on co-pay for drugs to nothing.
8. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
My biggest joy is not having to buy clothes at the Big and Tall store. You can't imagine the fun it is to be able to buy off the rack at a department store.
9. How long have you maintained your current weight?
I have been consistently losing and maintaining over the past 2 years. I am still about 5 pounds from what I would like to weigh. I don't really care how long this last 5 pounds will take.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
- Don't be discouraged over plateaus; they will go away!
- Watch your caloric intake but eat nutritionally. Calorie Count will help!
- I didn't believe this at first, but drink your water.
- Move, move, move. Exercise will make a great deal of difference.
- Don't go on a diet, make a lifestyle choice. Diets don't work!
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